TAC Update - Issue 64 - July 2021

TAC Update - Issue 64 - July 2021

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Issue 64 - July 2021

Welcome to the July TAC Update

It is important that RTOs operate in accordance with their obligations under the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Act 1996 and the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 at all times. 
 
One way to systematically monitor and evaluate training and assessment strategies and practices, and prepare for the RTO Annual Declaration on Compliance is to conduct a yearly internal review of your RTO's systems to confirm your RTO’s compliance with the Standards and whether any issues identified have been corrected.
 
RTOs must provide TAC with an annual declaration which indicates that the RTO meets the requirements of the Standards and if not, the action taken to address the non-compliance. The declaration covers the RTO's entire scope of operations, including services provided on its behalf through third party arrangements, and for all locations.
 
The RTO Annual Declaration on Compliance is now open and a link to access the declaration was emailed to the RTO's Legally Responsible Person on 8 July 2021. Responses are due by 30 September 2021
 
If you have not received this email please contact the TAC Secretariat at tac@dtwd.wa.gov.au or (08) 9224 6510.  FAQs on the annual declaration are available on the TAC website

What's in this edition?

  • TAC Education Program
  • Focus on quality -  Vocational Competence and Industry Currency
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Accredited Courses 2021 Survey
  • New TAC Fact Sheets
  • Standalone delivery of imported units of competency
  • Transition Extensions
  • Other important updates

TAC Education Program - upcoming events

July

20 - Becoming an RTO Information Session

August

3 - Broome Workshop (face to face workshop)
  • Designing RTO Training and Assessment Strategies
  • Making an Assessment Decision

- The Course Accreditation Process
Click here to view the full TAC Education Program schedule and/or register for an event:
The full list of Education Program recordings and resources is available on the TAC Website

Focus on quality - 

Vocational Competence and Industry Currency

Vocational competency and industry currency are cornerstones to credentialing trainers and assessors in the VET sector, yet the requirements are often misunderstood by RTOs.  So what exactly is vocational competence and industry currency?
 
Vocational Competence means industry knowledge and experience in the units of competency to be delivered and assessed. 

Industry Currency ensures that training and assessment is based on current industry practices and meets the needs of industry.

View TAC’s recent webinar, or Fact Sheet, on this topic for more information on how to apply simple processes to make sure trainers and assessors meet the requirements of the Standards.

Monitoring and Evaluation of Accredited Courses 2021 Survey

TAC's biennial “Monitoring and Evaluation of Accredited Courses Survey” is now open. The survey requests accredited course owners review their courses to ensure information remains current and relevant throughout the period of accreditation.
 
An email regarding the survey was sent to accredited course owners on the 8th of July 2021 and responses are due by 30 September 2021.
 
If you are an accredited course owner and did not receive the survey, please contact taccourseaccreditation@dtwd.wa.gov.au or (08) 9224 6510.

New TAC Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets provide training providers with more detailed information and guidance on the Standards for RTOs. The full suite of TAC Fact Sheets is available on the TAC website.

Revised Fact Sheets include the following:

Standalone delivery of imported units of competency

Did you know that if an RTO has a qualification on its scope of registration, the RTO can train, assess and issue statements of attainment for units of competency that are listed in the packaging rules for that qualification.  This is called implicit scope.

Units of competency that are not named as core or listed electives in the packaging rules for that qualification (i.e. imported units), cannot be offered on a standalone basis. These units must be added to an RTO's explicit scope of registration separately. 

RTOs must also consider pre-requisites when importing units from a different training package.  

Transition Extensions

At its July 2021 meeting, the Council agreed to extend the transition periods for:

  • one qualification from the Health (HLT) Training Package;
  • one qualification from the Financial Services (FNS) Training Package;
  • one qualification from the Business Services (BSB) Training Package;
  • 28 qualifications from the Creative Arts and Culture (CUA) Training Package;
  • 18 qualifications from the Automotive Retail, Service and Repair (AUR) Training Package;
  • one qualification from the Manufacturing and Engineering (MEM) Training Package; and
  • two qualifications from the Maritime (MAR) Training Package.

A full list of training products approved for an extended transition period is available on the TAC Website.

Other important updates

Job Ready Connect

The State Government has launched a online platform to connect Job Ready workers with the growing list of job opportunities available with Western Australian employers.

Voluntary Code for VET Student Loan Providers

Training providers approved to offer VET Student Loans are now able to sign up to a voluntary code that sets out their responsibilities in areas such as recruitment, marketing and student complaints.

The VET Student Loans Code of Practice has been developed by the Commonwealth Ombudsman. The code is voluntary, however the ombudsman will publish a list of providers that sign up to it “as a signal that those providers are committed to good service delivery and take complaints seriously”.

VET Transcripts Video

Are your students confused about the Unique Student Identifier (USI), Nationally Recognised Training and VET Transcripts? 
The Office of the Student Identifiers Registrar has developed an informative video which outlines what the USI is and how it is beneficial to students to have one. 

Update on Skills Reform

The VET Reform Engagement Team have released a new report Achieving high quality in the VET sector based on findings from consultation with stakeholders.

Latest NCVER Reports

NCVER have released a number of new reports recently including:

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